Hot drinks and the holidays just go hand in hand. Salted caramel frappes. Hot chocolate. Hot cider. Hot toddies. (A lot of hot drinks start with “hot”, huh? Pretty straightforward I guess.)
These drinks mean business when winter hits, particularly because they warm us up when the weather turns cold. But sometimes, hot drinks do something that we wish they wouldn’t. They hurt our mouths and our teeth.
You may wonder why your teeth are overly sensitive to hot foods and drinks, and it’s likely because of the erosion of your enamel and a loss in dentin. Once both enamel and dentin start to wear away, your nerves become more exposed to the hot or cold stimuli.
Luckily, you can do a few things to help strengthen (or just downright preserve) the enamel of your teeth so that it doesn’t get worse.
Don’t consume too much acidic food or drinks.
Anything from soda to energy drinks and candy to specific fruits can wear down the enamel on your teeth. While eliminating these may not be entirely possible, cutting back on your intake of acidic food and drinks can go a long way in preserving the health of your teeth.
Maintain your dental hygiene routine.
The fluoride found in most toothpastes will directly strengthen your teeth. So, the better you maintain your daily routine, the better your overall dental health, which includes the sensitivity of your teeth. Also remember: brushing too hard can be damaging to your enamel and gums. Just keep at a good routine and you’ll be good to go with stronger enamel and less sensitive teeth.
Keep away from teeth whiteners containing bleach.
Yes, there are totally safe methods out there to whiten your teeth. However, you should probably ask your dentist first before you purchase a product off the shelf at your local store. Not all teeth whitening products are healthy for you, especially those that bleach your teeth directly. This can directly erode the enamel, leading to further sensitivity in your already sensitive teeth.
Visit your dentist when you should.
It should be obvious that regularly visiting your dentist can help to prevent further dental problems. Teeth sensitivity is something dentists can help to alleviate, whether it’s prescribing specific toothpastes, following up with other dental procedures, or simply cleaning your teeth. The cause to your sensitivity isn’t always clear cut or easily self-diagnosed. Be sure to see your office so they can provide you with a solution.